Halloween is a time of wonderment for children, and for many adults, it also means costume parties and a chance to have a little fun. Parents and children must also keep in mind that Halloween is a night that could be filled with danger if people do not take extra precautions. Statistics show that pedestrian accidents are climbing each year and have been at the highest levels since 1990. Additionally, pedestrian deaths increased by 46 percent between 2009 and 2016. Many of these deaths occurred in intersections and on city and suburban roads.
Halloween is what is known as the perfect storm for risks among drivers and pedestrians. There are many children of all ages walking around when it is dark. Some children may not be aware of how to safely cross streets or they may be too young to understand the rules of the road.
Safety Tips for Drivers
- Do not drink and drive. Drivers should be aware that Halloween is one of the deadliest days of the year since drunk driving accidents Nearly 44 percent of people killed on Halloween as a result of car accidents between 2012 and 2016 were a result of drunk driving.
- Park facing out. If you park your car for trick or treating festivities, park so that there is no need for you to back up. If you must back up, then have another adult ensure no children walk behind the vehicle.
- Do not use a cell phone. Taking your eyes away from the road for a split second could cause a tragedy.
- Assume children can dart out at any moment. Drive slower than usual. When on residential streets, open your windows to get a better idea of what is around you.
- Make sure children are buckled up. In the excitement of the evening and with the bulk of a costume, children and adults may forget to buckle up. Never forget this step.
- Make sure new drivers are aware of the extra risks on Halloween. If teens are driving on Halloween, emphasize the need for extra caution on this special evening. Encourage teens and new drivers to minimize or avoid driving on Halloween.
- Communicate with other drivers and pedestrians. Be sure to use blinkers in areas where you may not normally do so. Turn lights on earlier than usual to ensure that pedestrians have a better chance to spot your car.
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